The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jul 1906

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p.1 Tug Fireman Falls Overboard - Cornwall, July 16th - Zion Gallinger, of Moulinette, Ont., fireman on tug Pandora, employed on the Massena power canal enlargement, fell overboard and swept down the rapids.

Steamboat Barkers Quieted - Thousand Island Park, July 16th - soliciting for steamboat lines forbidden at resort.



On account of the local customs warning that she would be tied up if an attempt was made to make a Sunday excursion out of Kingston to Alexandria Bay, the steamer Iroquois of the new tourist line did not call here yesterday. She went down the south shore from Oswego, instead. The Iroquois route is along the New York shore, from Lewiston to Alexandria Bay, but through the efforts of Joseph Nash, of Kingston, who was appointed general agent for river St. Lawrence ports, Kingston was added to the route. Mr. Nash intends to avoid any future trouble by making Kingston a regular traffic port of call, instead of an excursion point. By so doing the Iroquois will be enabled to run out of here on Sunday the same as the other traffic steamers do.

Laxity of Customs Officials.

It is said that United States customs officers at St. Lawrence ports are far stricter in carrying out the marine laws of their country than are Canadian customs officers in carrying out the marine regulations of this country. Canadian vessels receive no favors from the Yankee officials. On the other hand, Canadian officers at small ports, are very lax. If the customs men down the river were as strict as the landing waiters at Kingston, there would be no trouble. At several ports above Brockville, it is understood that small United States boats that have not been inspected for several years are landing and taking on passengers. Such laxity should not be allowed to continue. If the Canadian customs officers at river ports are neglecting their duty, their places should be filled by others who will carry out the law.

Another laxity on the part of some Canadian customs men on the river is allowing excursion boats to land and depart on Sunday, in violation of the law. At Kingston the Sunday excursion law is rigidly enforced, and if Kingston has to undergo the rigid enforcement of the law, then all Canadian ports should undergo it.

Should Carry Lights.

There are many complaints made about gasoline launches running about the harbor at night without showing lights. They dash close by skiffs and canoes in the vicinity of Macdonald Park, especially. The practice is a dangerous one, as ladies in small boats are apt to get excited and lose control of their oars and paddles and bump into the flying launches. It is hard to tell by sound in what quarter the latter are. They may be a quarter of a mile away, or right upon you. The marine law requires such vessels to carry the regulation green and red side lights, and seizure can take place if they do not comply with the regulations. When such vessels land at night at places where there are customs officers it is the duty of such officers to see that even the smallest gasoline launches are equipped with lights, for their own protection as well as that of other vessels.

North King and Kingston.

Sunday was the biggest day of the season on the river, which fact was particularly shown about Swift's wharf around five o'clock in the afternoon, when the steamer Kingston steamed into port with nearly six hundred on board. The steamer North King handled a bumper crowd throughout yesterday, in fact when leaving Summerville, N.Y., Saturday, for Canadian waters, she carried her complement, vacant places made by passengers getting off at Bay of Quinte ports being as quickly filled. Nearly two hundred from the city took the popular trip down the river, and came home under a bloom of reddest sunburn. The North King made the best of time; her trip through the islands gave her sight-seeing crowd the full worth of their tickets. Short stops were made at Rockport and Gananoque.

The steamer America went down to Clayton yesterday morning. About one o'clock they took on board between 400 and 500 excursionists from Rochester, who make the five-hour trip by rail to see the islands. Just think of that Kingstonians. Five hours in a crowded railway coach to view what we have at our doors, and do not properly take advantage of. The steamer, under Capt. Allan, took the party for a fifty-mile ramble among the Islands and needless to say, the captain gave the Rochesterites a treat, and took them through channels and past pretty nooks as he only can. Purser Hunter was most obliging and handled the crowd with his usual good nature. As for Steward Sparham he had his work cut out for him from the start, when it came to dining the passengers. He handled them like the veteran he is and set a table to be proud of. The excursionists were landed back in Clayton about five o'clock, and the steamer returned to the city in the evening.

Marine Paragraphs.

The tug Frontenac loaded withes for Garden Island.

Steamer Aletha made the trip from Picton and return today.

The sloop Granger cleared, yesterday, for Howe Island, for hay.

The propellor Navajo is at Richardsons' from Montreal to Toronto.

The schooner Bertie Kalkins, with coal from Oswego, is at Sowards'.

The schooner W.J. Suffel arrived in port last night with coal for Swift & Co.

The sloop Laura D. will be painted and overhauled before leaving port again.

The schooner Acacia arrived in port, last night, from Sodus, with coal for the Locomotive Works.

The schooner Clara Youell is at Crawford's, from Oswego, with coal.

Garden Island: S.S. Ceylon and D.D. Calvin passed up with pulpwood from Three Rivers to Niagara.

Craig's wharf: propellor Cuba, from Windsor, last night; propellor Persia up to St. Catharines yesterday.

S.S. Plummer, from Fort William, stopped in port yesterday, to take on board Capt. Macdondald as pilot to Montreal.

The steamer St. Lawrence is daily taking large excursions among the islands, and the fifty-mile ramble of the steamer Islander continues as popular as ever.

M.T. Co.: tug Hall and two barges from Montreal; propellor Rosemount from Fort William with 80,000 bushels of wheat, cleared again on the return trip.

Swift's wharf: steamers Dundurn, Hamilton to Montreal, down on her first trip yesterday; Belleville down yesterday; Rideau King to Ottawa this morning; Iroquois west bound this morning.

The steamer America was on the Cape Vincent route again this morning. Tonight she will clear for Prescott and bring the Bank Street Presbyterian church, Ottawa, excursion up tomorrow.

A Damaged Hand - on steamer America steward Arthur Sparham accidentally put hand through glass window while shutting it; Michael Muchmore, wine clerk on steamer America, while opening a bottle of ginger ale it exploded, cutting his wrist badly.

Incidents of the Day - On Saturday, Bert Stansbury and his gang of shovellers made a record, and put many of the old timers in the shade. Saturday was a scorcher of a day as we all know. The schooner Lizzie Metzner was at Collins Bay with a cargo to be unloaded. All the old timers on the job faded under the terrible heat, but Stansbury and his crew took up the work and stuck to it till the end. It was certainly a feather in their cap and a great test of endurance.

p.6 Gananoque, July 16th - The schooner Collier, laden with coal, arrived here Saturday afternoon. The gasoline barge Jessie, laden with 800 tons of coal, is also here. The schooner Tradewind arrived Saturday night.

p.8 Gananoque Yachtsmen - annual meeting of the Gananoque Yacht Club; list of officers elected.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jul 1906